Stimulus Plan Hijacked By The States?
ESA Today reports that the states are diverting stimulus funds from Congress' intended purposes to projects they feel more important. This begs the question of why not lower federal taxes and leave the money with the states in the first place?
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†Under pressure to spend stimulus money quickly, many states are using the federal funds for short-term projects and to fill budget gaps rather than spending on long-term improvements, according to a report by congressional investigators.

The report, scheduled to be released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) at a House oversight hearing, also says many states aren't meeting some goals and requirements of the economic recovery program. Some states, for example, are not sending transportation funding to the most economically distressed areas, and they are using education funds to prevent layoffs rather than fund innovative new programs, the report says.† More here.

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